Friday, January 2, 2009

Update: 4 Suspects Have Been Arrested In Rape Case

Well this would have to be one of the quickest solved rape cases. All four suspects in the gang assault of a lesbian resident of the SF Bay area from December 13th have been taken into custody. One of the suspects turned himself in - and get this - he has a girlfriend. I guess I shouldn't be surprised by that. It was the publicity surrounding this incident that worked in the survivor's favor this time. Of course the case has to go through its judicial process but I can't help but think how race and class always play a part in these situations. I will be satisfied for justice being served but it still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth all the other women who aren't afforded the positive press and a cooperative police department or have perpetrators who are wealthy and can obfuscate their way out of prosecution. There should not be a special element that makes the prosecution of a rape more amenable to others to judge as heinous: be that person a sex worker, a child, poor, trans, a woman of color - or even a male. 

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